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Berkshire “Saint of Circumstance IPA”

September 1, 2011 5:28 pm

Apparently there was a business error at BBC that lead to a shortage of hops. While trying to brew some Lost Sailor IPA they came up short with what they needed and ended up with a slightly lighter IPA. Rather than sell it labeled as Lost Sailer IPA and risk people thinking they had changed the recipe they rebranded the light IPA as the “Saint of Circumstance IPA”. It has a “B+” rating online.

ABV of 5.7%.
Tapped: 9/1/11 (for our Fantasy Football draft night)

9/2 Update: We poured a lot from the keg – maybe about 5-6 pitchers in 90 minutes or so – and it poured terrible.  Sometimes the first beer to pour has a large head but this was consistently a thick foam that would monopolize about 90%+ of the pour, as pictured below.  We ended up having to pour into a pitcher just to let it sit for a while in able to pour into our beers.  Tim has already offered to replace the keg but at this point (more than half-way through it) I might just finish it and be weary to buy “new” brews from BBC (who is already slowly falling out of favor with me).


Berkshire “Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale” #4

June 9, 2011 10:05 am

Back to back kegs of it since we crushed the last one so quickly during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.  This might be one of my favorite light beers.  Served in 2008, 2010, and now 2011 …twice.

We’re recovering from a pair of the slowest moving kegs we’ve ever had (Geary’s HSA & especially Gritty’s Halloween) so this should be a nice, welcome change.  I also wanted to serve something light since I’ve been getting sinus/allergy headaches when drinking and I suspect it might be the hops that I’m allergic to… which this hopefully won’t affect as much. [6/9/10 Update: it seems to be fine & allergy-free.  The Willamette hops didn’t seem to bother me at all]

From BBC,

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

5.3% Alcohol by volume (ABV)
20 International Bitterness Units (IBU)

Tapped 6/8

Kicked 6/15

…kicked during the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup win!

 

Berkshire “Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale” #3

May 9, 2011 8:30 pm

This might be one of my favorite light beers.  Served in 2008, 2010, and now 2011, it’s always a fast seller.

We’re recovering from a pair of the slowest moving kegs we’ve ever had (Geary’s HSA & especially Gritty’s Halloween) so this should be a nice, welcome change.  I also wanted to serve something light since I’ve been getting sinus/allergy headaches when drinking and I suspect it might be the hops that I’m allergic to… which this hopefully won’t affect as much.

From BBC,

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

5.3% Alcohol by volume (ABV)
20 International Bitterness Units (IBU)

Kicked 6/1. Popular beer but we all seemed to have problems with C02 the following day as if the yeast was still aggressively fermenting.  It didn’t slow us down but it was definitely in imperfection with the batch.

Berkshire “Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale” #2

December 2, 2010 11:18 pm

Originally served back in 2008, this is a great light beer that makes a nice sessions beer.  Appropriately paired with the sweet and dark Clown Shoes “Pecan Pie Porter”.

BBC describes this beer as;

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

5.3% Alcohol by volume (ABV)
20 International Bitterness Units (IBU)

Kicked 1/16/11… but the long tap-time is no reflection of the quality of this beer.  This is one of my favorite of BBC’s offerings and I’ll certainly put it on tap again – most likely before the end of the year, too.

Berkshire Brewing Co. “Gold Spike”

May 7, 2010 3:12 pm

This is it – the last beer made by BBC – excluding their seasonal offerings –  to be served on tap.  I’ve had all ten, plus the Floor Malt Pilsner, which was apparently a one-time offering.  It sounds like the perfect beer for this early-summer we’re having.

Berkshire describes the beer as;

This German Kölsch uses an authentic yeast strain brewed true to style. A pale golden ale, light in body featuring a crisp, clean malt flavor, Gold Spike is the perfect quaff for a warm day. 4.2% v/v, 17 IBU

Tapped 5/7/10.  Kicked 5/14/10 (to become the fastest kicked keg!).

Overall: great beer – I loved it.  It was a nice session beer that was light enough ABV so you could enjoy it without getting into trouble.  Well balanced, refreshing – the perfect summer beer.  I’d certainly order this again and plan to once we finish the rest of the queue.

Berkshire Brewing Co. “River Ale”

March 26, 2010 1:05 pm

In my quest to serve every BBC product, we’re down to the 2nd to last non-seasonal beer (there are four seasonal beers as well).  BBC’s River Ale has a “B+” rating on BA.  I’ve never had it before but a dark ale with malty flavor sounds good to me.

BBC says;

A medium bodied dark ale which contains a portion of wheat malt. River Ale has a slightly sweet malty, nutty flavor and is delicately hopped to provide a unique and pleasing taste. 7.0%

Tapped 3/26/10.  Kicked 5/04/10.